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'Harry Potter,' 'Tree of Life,' 'Transformers' make Oscar VFX short list

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The final 10 contenders for the Oscar for Visual Effects were announced by the Academy today, winnowing the total films from the 15 semi-finalists announced last month.

Left off the short list: Cowboys & Aliens, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows; Sucker Punch; Super 8; and Thor.

Check out the ten films that made the cut below:  READ FULL STORY

For your consideration: 'Harry Potter' for Best Picture. But is it too late?

With the nominations for the Producers Guild Awards announced today, the field of Oscar contenders for Best Picture is getting clearer. While some Oscar prognosticators are noting the absence of the critically-acclaimed film The Tree of Life, another movie filled with eye-popping visual effects and that addresses profound questions about life and death was also left off the PGA’s short list: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.

The Harry Potter franchise has had a surprisingly paltry haul when it comes to Oscar gold: No wins, and only nine nominations across the first seven films (and none at all for Chamber of Secrets and The Order of the Phoenix). But despite the Academy’s Muggle-like attitude towards the highest-grossing film franchise of all time — and the final film’s inability to break into the main pack of awards season contenders — Warner Bros. is still putting some serious marketing muscle into a campaign to win Harry his first Best Picture nod. Artful billboards with laudatory film critic quotes have been popping up all over Los Angeles for months now, and the studio has also been releasing a series of TV ads to the same purpose (which you can watch, embedded below). These ads are ostensibly to promote the film’s DVD and Blu-ray discs — which hit stores way back on Nov. 11, whereas Oscar ballots are due Jan. 13. Check them out below. Do you think the campaign is enough to convince Academy voters to give Harry Potter his due at the Kodak?  READ FULL STORY

Box office dips in 2011: A year-end analysis

Box office junkies, unite! It’s time to break down the year that was at the movies using the thing that we love most — the numbers!

Blockbuster franchise films reigned supreme at the North American box office in 2011. Of the ten highest grossing movies, the top seven — led by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 with $381 million — are sequels, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (No. 9, $176.7 million) is a prequel, and Thor (No. 8, $181 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger (No. 10, $176.7 million), while not sequels, are part of the larger Avengers franchise which Marvel will roll out next year.

All told, theatrical releases sold about $10.2 billion worth of tickets in 2011 (final numbers not yet available) at an average price of $7.96. (Ticket price via the National Association of Theatre Owners. Although, seriously, when was the last time anyone paid so little for a ticket?) That total marked a 3.5 percent drop from 2010, when the box office earned a yearly total of $10.6 billion, and attendance dipped by about 5 percent for the second year in a row. In fact, with 1.28 billion tickets sold, 2011 was the least-attended box office year since 1995.

What caused the dip? READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Top movie box office and DVD sales

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This year was all about a boy wizard, a Bumblebee, and a sparklevamp. Joining Harry, Sam, and Edward in 2011’s box office toppers were two groups of wedding-oriented train wrecks, several superheroes, and a bunch of upstart Southern domestics. Over in DVDs, a couple instances of horse power and some evil geniuses joined the fray. So which films topped the box-0ffice? Click through to see 2011’s most popular movies. READ FULL STORY

Academy announces visual effects semifinalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films that will compete for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Check out the list below:

Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

This list will get narrowed down to 10 next month, and five will eventually be nominated for the Academy Award on Jan. 24. I don’t envy the people who have to choose the top five — as far as the effects are concerned, there’s not a clunker in the bunch. Will the visual effects branch just go for blockbusters like Harry Potter and X-Men, or will they make room for art-house entries like Hugo and Tree of Life? We’ll find out in the coming weeks.

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'Harry Potter' director David Yates developing 'Doctor Who' feature film

Doctor Who, on the big screen? If director David Yates — He Who Helmed the Final Harry Potter Films — gets his way, the extra-terrestrial Time Lord could be coming to a theater near you in the next few years. EW has confirmed Variety‘s story that the filmmaker is partnering with the BBC to develop a feature film version of the venerable British sci-fi TV series, which initially ran from 1963 to 1989 and then re-launched in 2005.

Yates has yet to land on a screenwriter for the film, which he says will stand apart from the TV series. There is also no cast and no production crew, but the real question is, will the Daleks go CGI?

Read more:
‘Doctor Who’ 101

'Harry Potter': J.K. Rowling on why Hagrid was spared, and what sealed Lupin's fate

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J.K. Rowling is in a dishy mood. Or at least she was last year when Harry Potter‘s creator sat down with the character’s big screen portrayer Daniel Radcliffe for a conversation filmed for the Blu-ray edition of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, on sale next week. By now you’ve probably heard about one provocative excerpt — how Rowling considered killing Harry’s red-headed best bud Ron Weasley while writing the seven novel series. The disclosure comes after Radcliffe asks if the author considered killing any of the big three: Harry, Hermione, and Ron. “Funnily enough, I planned from the start none of them would die,” Rowling says. “Then, midway through [writing the series] — which I think was a reflection of the fact that I was not in a very happy place — I started thinking about polishing one of them off. Out of sheer spite!”

But there’s more.

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'Harry Potter': Julie Walters (a.k.a. Molly Weasley) on 'Not my daughter, you bitch!' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

It is the moment that EW.com readers consistently voted as their favorite on-screen death of last summer’s movie season. It features one of the absolute most famous lines in the entire Harry Potter series, both in J.K. Rowling’s books and Warner Bros.’ big screen adaptations. I am talking, of course, about the final confrontation between Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Molly Weasley (Julie Walters) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, in which Mama Weasley defends her only girl Ginny and dispatches the sadistic Bellatrix, all while bellowing, “Not my daughter, you bitch!”

But what did Walters think about the scene? How did her “sons” Ron (Rupert Grint), Fred (James Phelps), and George (Oliver Phelps) react to it, for that matter? Check out this exclusive clip from the Blu-ray edition of HP7 Pt. 2 (out Nov. 11) to find out!  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' home-video exile won't last long, says Warner Bros.

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Relax, Potterheads. All is well. Yes, beginning on Dec. 29, Warner Bros. is halting shipments of Harry Potter DVDs and Blu-rays to Walmart and Amazon and other stores. But discs aren’t being immediately swept from the shelves. “Even though there could be a sense of urgency from the consumers’ perspective, there will be Potter product come the first of the year,” says Jeff Baker, senior vp and general manager of Warner Bros.’ Theatrical Catalog. “But over time, they’ll be less and less of that inventory. At some point, whether it’s next April or May or June or July, it’ll probably be very difficult to find Harry Potter product, especially if you’re looking for the third movie or the fifth movie, for example.” READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' films disappearing from stores soon after Dec. 29!

Harry Potter said his last goodbye this summer, with the release of the franchise’s final chapter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, and Warner Bros. seems determined to prove they really meant it. As of Dec. 29, no more Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) will be shipped to stores, initiating a profitable home entertainment model not unlike the one at Disney, which periodically re-releases its classics for home purchase. (Warner Bros.’ moratorium on Potter will not include digital — Electronic Sell-Through and VOD — or games.)

Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in 2001, the Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment — $5.1 billion of which came from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It’s fair to say that figure will grow even larger this holiday season, as children and young adults who grew up with the books and movies feel the pressure to snap up the Complete 8-Film Collection — at around $60 — while they still can.

Read more:
Book review: ‘Harry Potter: Page to Screen’
‘When Harry Left Hogwarts’ teaser
EW’s ‘Harry Potter’ HQ

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